The 7th International Conference Buddhism & Australia
Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia Illustrations
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Nearly all the scripts of Asian countries – Sinhala, Burmese, Thai, Malay (until its replacement by Arabic script and then Roman script), Balinese, Tibetan, etc. evolved from scripts which had been brought from India by either Indian merchants or Buddhist monks.
And the oldest examples of writing from all these regions pertain to Buddhism.
In other Buddhist lands, literacy was mainly confined to the upper class.